Like many informed citizens of Newton County, I was thrilled that we were finally working on hiring an in-house attorney for our county. As word spread that Megan Martin was one of the applicants being considered, I was even more delighted. I have observed over the past several years how much her knowledge and ability have been of untold value to our county.

Imagine my disappointment when someone who has given so much to our county was only offered a six-month contract. She has certainly already proven her abilities and value! Seems the three commissioners in favor of this limit were disappointed that a qualified person of color wasn’t found. Could it be they just want more time to find one?

Chairman Marcello Banes should have vetoed the “substitute motion” and the vote should have been on a full-time position. How can we become #OneNewton when we’re still operating divided by color?

Ann Neuhierl


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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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